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LOCAL AND GENERAL

Pasteur has treated 7803 persons bitten by njad dogs m the past three years. There are 5000 women employed m the Government departments at Washington. During 1889 the l-ailway companies of the United Kingdom carried no fewer than 36,000,000 of parcels for the Post Office. An American physician declares that he is now resorting to hypnotism ns a substitute for chloroform. He puts the patient to sleep m one minute. The " North Otago Times " states that the local gasworks arc now making gas from local coal or lignite, mixed with shale from Australia, and that this has answered very well. Tenders are being called for, receivable up to 2nd October, for constructing the tunnel and for formation works on the Belgrove section of the Midland Railway. In response to a numerously-signed rcques* Mr J. M. Toomey, of Temuka, as announced himself has a candidate for Tnnaru at the forthcoming election, A public subscription has been s jarred m Dunedin m aid of Messrs Owen, Newton, Elvines, and Winter, the dismissed railway servants. Several leading citizens have subscribed to the fund. A couple of New Hampshire shooters lately amused themselves by shooting, m turn, at an apple placed on the head of each other. The apple was hit several times, when one of them shot a little too low, and the ball penetrated the fplace where the brains ought to bo, but did no "amominjury," The height of novel heroes continues to m crense. According to the " .Speaker," out of 192 of these gentleman who were "interviewed" between October mil June last, no fewer than 85 stood at least 6ft m their stocking soles, whilst many, were considerably taller. The average height of heroes of romance has, m fact, been raised fjf-in during the period m question as compared with what it was m novels published between January and September, ISS9. Some experiments which have been made at Cadiz, m the presence of 20,000 spectators, with the submarine boat, named after its inventor, Senor Peral, have been remarkably successful. Eight persons! m all were shut up m the vessel, which remained under water for two hours, and then reappeared at a .considerable distance from the starting point. Then she dived down onci more, audcaine upagain near I hestartingpoint. Congratulations wore showered upon Senor Peral for his triumphant solution of a highly important problem m maritime warfare. A party of castaways—three ihoh, two women, and a young child—were recently brought from Rotumah to Fiji m the schooner Midge. .Stealing a whalcboat said to belong to gm£ of the fjerman traders, with but a seaijt stock ftf provisions, the party set out from Keppei's Island hoping to fetch Wallis, but missing thajt ,<s.}><£ Futuna Island had drifted down on to Rotumah, where they were rescued m the last stage of exhaustion from hunger and thirst by a canoe from the shore. When picked up they had been 22 days m the boat, had lost all but ope oar, and were then drifting at mercy of the yif.;d and waves. The leader of the party, a haty-cas/^ Tongan-Fijian, is reported to be an old gf^end/bi;, front the Lav province of the colony.. Wljpn Professor Aytoum was wooing Miss Wilson., 4''<Wghter of Professor Wilson, the famous '' dii4s»vp'liGr North," lie obtained the lady's consent o&ijdjjt^onally on that of her father being secured, '.{flas 4ytonm was much to shy to ask, and he prevailed upon the young I'idy herself to conduct the necessary negotiations. "We must deal tcndui'jy with his feelings," said glorious old Christoplit*. "I'll write my reply on a slip of paper,, and jjlj> }'£■ to the back of your frock." " Papa's answer U [)}} the back of my dress," said Miss Jane, as she,entered the drawing room. Turning h,er round, the delighted professor read theae words, written m 1/j'epk; ••' With the author's ooinpliroents,"

Slaughtering will be resumed at the Belfast Freezing Works on Friday next. It is asserted that the average duration of life m Norway is 48*33 years for men, and 51 "3 for women. "■ The interprovincial football match, Canterbury v. Southland, played at Dunedin yesterday, resulted m a win for Canterbury by 6 points to 4. Mrs Johnstone, the wife of a settlor tit Waitohi, near Temuka, sustained a fracture of one arm through the capsizing of a trap on Saturday. It appears that on returning from Tinniru, accompaaied by hnr brother, one of the reins broke. The wheel of the cart was dragged partly up an embankment and the vehicle capsized. Mr Thornly was considerably bruised, but sustained no serious injury. A cure would appear to have been at last discovered for the potato disease m New Jersey, and as it is possible that it may be of value m destroying other forms of fungus we give it here for the benefit of our readers: —1. The Bordeaux mixture. The particular formula employed is (a) sulphate of copper (pulv.) , Gib m 6 gallons of hot water; (b), fresh lime, 4lb m 4 gallons of cold water. Mix (a) and, (b) slowly and thoroughly, and dilute to 22 gallons. 2. Ammonia solution of copper—(a), carbonate of copper, 3oz ; (b) ammonia liq., 1 quart. Dissolve (a) and (b), and dilute to 22 gallons. These are to be used as a spray. A curious case has just been decided before the Criminal Court of Appeal at St. Petersburg. A certain Pastor Neding was recently sentenced at Beval .to one year's imprisonment, with the deprivation of certain rights, for having uttered m a sermon some words reflecting on the orthodox faith. It is admitted that he used the words by mistake, not properly comprehending their force. The procurator of the district protested against the sentence, and demanded that the accused should be deprived'of all his rights, and sent to penal servitude for a term of from six to eight years. The pastor appealed, but the procurator was undaunted and upheld this monstrous sentence. The trial of the appeal has ended m the entire acquittal of Pastor Nerling. '™Alrs Greedy, (says the ChCh. "Prass") the wife of a settler at Melfonl, died suddenly on Saturday morning, under very distressing circumstances. It appears that she has suffered lately witli some throat complaint, but not so serionsly as to cause alarm. On Saturday a neighbour (John Murphy), was passing the house, and noticed her lying near the doorway, with one of her little children entreating her to get up. On entering he realised at once that the poor woman w*i3 dead. He promptly sent a messenger for a doctor and for the priest. His surmise however, proved only too correct, for it was found that the woman had been dead some time. Her husband at the time •was working away from home, and had no idea of the dangerous of |his wife's '-omplaint. She had a large family of children. Much sympathy is felt for her bereaved husband and family. News has been published from time of the fruit growing capabilities of the Wh.ingarei district, Auckland. The "Otago Daily Times," having been shown a sample of the fruits, grown thoro, says:—"The oranges are equal m flavour to most of those from the South Sea Minds, mid though not so large aa some of the samples from the islands, they are well grown and ripened. The "poor man's orange " is a thin yellow skinned variety, which is sure to please. The rich colouring of the skins of the other varieties is quite surprising, when the locality m which they were grown is consider*.l. With appearance and flavour m their favour the fruit should be m demand. The specimen of the lemon is equal to any thing seen m Dunedin shops, and its appearence at once convinces anyone that the soil and climate arc. specially suit-, able for its production. We hope to see a successful trade established with the district. " " The Otago Daily Times "says :—The experience which we are now undergoing of the results of industrial federation can hardly fail to strengthen the feeling that a political federation with Australia would work to the disadvantage of New Zealand. It is, perhaps, not very fair to argue from what has happened m an organisation put together no one knows how, and apparently on lines which give New Zealand no voice m determination of her fate, to what might happen under a constitution carefully framed and with presumedly fitted checks and balances. But still the hard fact remains the same, that federation implies the subjection of the will of New Zealand to the .joint "will of Australia. And the present experience shows that m an important department' of the industrial world the circumstances of New Zealand and Australia are so far different as to make the result of a federation terribly oppressive to New Zealand. The Ashbnrton Acclimatisation Society have just distributed 9000 brown and 2000 brook trout, m the lakes at the head of the Ashburton River, of which number 3000 were placed m Luke Clearwater, 2000 m Lake Emily, 2000 m the xMaori Lake, 2000 m the Ashburton river, and the 2000 brook trout m several creeks running into the Maori Lake. As all these lakes have direct communication with each other and the Ashburton river, the supply m future years ought to be much greater m the lower waters. The whole of the fry were safely delivered at their future homes with a loss of not more than 3 or 4 per cent though they had rather a severe trial over some parts of the roads, which are not of the beat. Messrs Pilbrow and Simpson who took up the last consignment to Lake Clearwater, tried their luck with the rod m several of the streams and though a snowstorm is not the most suitable weather for the gentle craft Mr Simpson landed a fish over eight pounds, which at the breakfast-tahle next morning was found to be m excellent condition. Several larger fish were seen but declined the tempting whitebait during such weather. Under more favourable conditions a heavy bag should reward the angler, who might do worse than give the Ashburton Gorge a trial He will find every comfort provided by host Hood at the Mount Somera Hotel.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2525, 23 September 1890

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2525, 23 September 1890

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